Best Rap Groups

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1Wu-Tang ClanThe Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.

No one can touch the Wu Tang Clan. They drop classic albums nearly every time and everyone in this group is a true emcee. When these 9 rappers spit together, their rhymes are just magic and create masterpieces such as Cream, Reunited, Triumph, the Mystery of Chessboxin, and Protect Ya Neck. No other rap group can claim to have the influence and the catalog to back it up within the hip-hop game as the Wu Tang has shown. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Method Man, RZA, GZA, Masta Killah, and ODB(R.I.P. ) each can rhyme tight circles around these coward rappers today getting promotions such as Tyga and Wale. It wouldn't even be fair to compare the greatest rap group of all time to losers who couldn't even drop a good line if their lives depend on it. Not only do the Wu drop classic albums together, but they can drop masterful albums in their own solo careers as well. Like Ol Dirty Bastard said when he famously interrupted the Grammy Awards to speak the truth... ...more - SoulofTheLegends

How did D12 and G Unit and Outlawz get here... The Wu is definitely THE greatest hip hop group of all time. Their classic albums spawned classics. Just one of these albums would beat the whole discography of Lil Wane, G Unit and D12 combined:

Enter The Wu-Tang (humouristic, ear-shattering, gritty, hardcore and occasionally soulful sound)
Tical (a darker tone than Enter The WuTang)
Liquid Swords (a stone cold, ill and metaphor fest)
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (a hardcore, criminologic and bombing album that'll make your head bobble the whole time)
Ironman (a mix of OB4CL and Liquid Swords. Keeps the grimy sound of LQ and the mafioso feel of OB4CL)
Wu-Tang Forever (An orchestral, majestic, powerful sound which displays all of the Wu's talent into one album)
Supreme Clientele (a hardcore album that'll make you want to murder your family)
No Said Date (a masterpiece which revived the Clan after several disappointing albums)

PE, NWA and Bone Thugs are good but Wu-Tang has to be the greatest. Every MC in here got lyrical talent especially Ghostface and Deck. Only Em, Proof and Swifty are good in D12.

And set it off, get it off, let it off like a gat.

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2N.W.AN.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, CA. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music.

They are definitely the best rap group ever the combination of Dre, Cube, Eazy, Ren, Yella, and Arabian Prnce, is amazing

First rap song I ever heard was from these guys. They made me fall in love with rap.24years later they are number 1 group of all time!

N.W. A are the founders of gangster rap. To this say nobody has a record that compares to the great beats, message and lyrics of Straight Outta Compton definitely the best rap group to ever walk the earth - C-dark13

Yes NWA is the best group

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3Bone Thugs-N-HarmonyBone Thugs-N-Harmony is an American hip hop group from Cleveland, Ohio. It consists of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-N-Bone.

Some people like to say Wu Tang's and NWA's music has never been recreated ever, but just sit and think. Have you ever heard a reproduction of the Bone Thugs? Well If your telling the truth, then you would say "Hell No"

Everything about the Bone Thugs Is 100% Original. The music, the style, the beats, all original. And never once have they ever changed their style for any reason. They are true to the bone and they are still raping to this day!

They spit fast as hell In all of their songs, without even putting 100% effort into It, and they are still known as one of the fastest rap groups of all time. Plus, they love their fans to death. Always talking to their fans on Facebook and twitter and saying whats up, whats not to like about the Bone Thugs?

They have rapped with every major rapper there ever was, Tupac, Big, etc. They are truly the #1 best rap group of all time In my eyes and will always be! Bone Thugs for life! EST for life! I love you Cleveland!

Bone thugs are without a doubt the most talented group on this list. Unfortunately from listening to their discography you may not comprehend, because with the success of Crossroads they were put in a box by record labels, and from then on out, viewed as a cash machine for labels to put out pop singles and albums full of bland radio hits. But even on their worst albums they have gems, and a massive amount of high quality unreleased material. They are a unique and spiritual hip hop group.

This is one of the most innovative, and talented groups to come out of the "golden age" of hip hop. They're also criminally underrated. They sounded like no one! They didn't change their sound either. These young men were SO respected that even the greats wanted to work with them! These men created their OWN lane in the high-traffic era of the mid 90s. I strongly believe that had they come New York or LA and were signed to Death Row or Bad Boy, Bone would be considered one THE best rap groups period!

Come on guys bone thugs are by far the best rap group - JCchrom3

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4D12

D12 is the greatest group and will thump, Bone Thugs and Beastie Boys! eminem is platinum!

, D12 is the best group ever! No one can beat these guys! They just so awesome! Its sad that Proof died but they can and will go on kicking other groups butts! The only groups that could probably be better D12 is Dirty Boyz.

Yes they may only be known because of Eminem, but either way, they were gonna make it anyway. All of these guys are lyrical (maybe except Bizarre) but D12 was all about coming up with the funniest weirdest stuff you could think of but at the same time be lyrical. Bizarre could do that, but the others are all talented rappers and are overlooked as a group because of Eminem. RIP Proof

If Proof was still alive D12 would be a lot more famous then it is

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5Public EnemyPublic Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group.

Even though groups like NWA, Bone Thugs and Wu Tang were great, PE deserves to be number 1. Public Enemy was one of those groups that changed the face of hip-hop and gave it a distinct political message. Every emcee respects Chuck D and listens to what he has to say, because of his legendary Hip-Hop status. Flava Flav (even though he lost his mind) continues to be the worlds greatest hype man and actually employs B-Boyin unlike a lot of hypemen these days. They also inspired groups in other genres such as Rage Against the Machine in hard rock/metal. They always drop real knowledge with true certified hip-hop! - PrincelyVirtu

As Much I Us To Love N. W. A, PE Are What True Hip Is About. - copkiller

They had the best rap poet and the best hype man. - wideup

Public Enemy is the most influential hip-hop group.

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6Outkast

Lyrics, rhymes, beats, soul, personality, creativity, originality, social and cultural awareness, and vision; Outkast had it all, and more. There's an Outkast song for everyone and every occasion. Their music wasn't just hood, or Southern, or club, or mainstream, or underground, or old school, or new school, or rap, or hip-hop music. It simply was, and will always be, great music. It wasn't music for only one race or culture, but poetry and art for anyone. It was fun and serious, chill and hype, smooth and rough, light and dark. Big Boi and Andre 3000 weren't just lyricists and rappers, they were true artists and absolute originals. There's not one person, whom appreciates rap/hip-hop/urban music or any similar genre or sub-genre, who doesn't like at least one Outkast song. There are many incredibly talented groups and solo artists in the history of rap/hip-hop, whose impact and influence can never be questioned, but Outkast will always be at the top of my list of favorites.

This is crazy.Jedi Mind Tricks is the most overrated duo of all time.All Vinny Paz ever does is say random violent thing.Dre is 50x the mcs the mc he ever will be or ever was.And big boi the backup mc is better than paz.The Suger hill gang are just one hit wonders and fort minor sucks.Outkast should be top 10 this list sucks. - Chris-1

I am outraged! Outkast is easily top 3.. along with Bone and NWA. - djphilgood3

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't they technically a duo? Not a group.

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7Beastie BoysThe Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.

Anybody who doesn't consider them AT LEAST "in the conversation" for best rap group of all-time either: is under the age of 25, and/or has no respect for music that "came before" what is popular now, AND/OR discount's and disrespects them for being white and Jewish and thinks that just because of that, they don't deserve to be in the conversation. No other explanations...

Started off as a joke, ended as a legend. Having said that, License To Ill now sounds like a groundbreaker like all the rest of their albums, just with a little less artistic ambition. Albums like Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head are as good as anyone elses best, and the rest of their albums? ALSO INCREDIBLE. Special love to The 5 Boroughs which gets talked down by some critics but is absolutely great.

Beastie Boys would slap all these other groups down in their prime.

Outrageous and crazy I seen this guys on rising hell tour back 1986 and they turn the spectrum out they had the crowd rocking and I love licensed to ill that album is a hip hop classic

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8A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest were an American hip-hop trio that was formed in 1985, and was composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

tribe should be top 5 easy.. midnight marauders might be top 2 rap albums ever. - LsingStreak

This list gives absolutely zero consideration to production. Tribe are the greatest bar none, Ali Shaheed Muhammad's beats are so unique and Phife and Q-tip, what more could you need!? Seriously... G-Unit? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? - itsalways420

Probably the biggest influence on hip hop ever

How is that not top 3? Top albums and songs!

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9Run-D.M.C.

Run DMC is so much better than D12, they invented Hip Hop literally, and should be within the top 4, rolling stones even named them 48 on the greatest artists of all time, and called them "The Beatles of Hip Hop" - robertoantonioortuso

They were the first successful rappers. Why is 50 Cent so popular on this site it doesn't make sense. I get it he got shot nine times but doesn't make him a good rapper. - godzillaman

DMC are the pioneers of Hip Hop it is not right for them to be placed underneath D12!

13798334 times better than D12

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10The Roots

This is the best rap ever I believe. They are the total package! They play instruments, have real emcees, and stay true to the hip-hop culture. They never sold out. In fact, there newer stuff is just as good if not better than their older stuff. Black Thought, the lead emcee of the group is a very dope emcee, and his rhymes are some of the best that hip-hop has to offer. Their music continues to elevate real hip-hop despite the fake trends out there. The raised the bar to a new level. - CrossRoad

Undoubtedly the best rap group. They stick true to their name and continue to put out classic music for over the span of 15yrs. Black Thought is a genius and can deliver lyrically on any track. People need to recognize his talent. The rest of the group is dope too, and they can play their own instruments since, which really is a bonus in the age of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. I think they definitely deserve a nod for the greatest rap group of all time. Anyone unfamiliar with them should listen to How I Got over to understand why I they deserve to be on top. - InhaleDeep

They deserve to be the best, hands down. They put out timeless music and Black Thought is an amazing rapper, that can cut to heart of an emotion or issue. No other group comes close to what they have done lyrically or musically. Not only are they a rap group, but they are a band as well that creates their original beats and style of production. No other group comes close! How I Got Over, and their latest album, Undun, prove this! - Revenant24

Philly represent!

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11Eric B. & Rakim

This are the best they redefined hip hop and what it means to be a good lyricist. He evolved it from simple rhymes using internal and multi syllabllic rhymes

Such a good group with superb lyrics and flow

Where the hell is Grandmaster flash and the furious 5. They had the best rap song in the 80s! Listen to The Message, melle mel is amazing and g- master flashy production is sick!

One of the best

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12Gang Starr

Guru was one of the best lyricists ever, and dj premier is the best producer in hip-hop EVER

Swizz BeATz is actually the greatest producer of all time but he's not good for me

How is gang star not in the top 5 or at least top ten guru had awesome lyrics he sometimes would school his self in rap songs and dj premier

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13Bad Meets Evil

Damn I'm just going to say that they rapped really fast. Hands down man. I think the should at least make it to Top 10 Royce and Eminem one of the best duos. You don't always need a group to kill some times you just need 2 to ill.

Bad meets Evil has had some great songs - living proof, fast lane, above the law - really most of hell the sequel album was really good. They've had some lyrical genius, and some speedy lyrics. But do I think they're the best? No. Don't get me wrong, I love this duo. Eminem is one of my favorite rappers of all time. Royce is great too. But they really haven't made that many songs together, and they even beefed for a while, with Eminem & D12 and Royce & slaughterhouse (slaughterhouse is better than D12 as well). Anyway, they aren't the closest group, similar to that of Easy and N.W.A. Great songs a lot, but not the best team or the most songs. Overall, they're a great duo and you should definitely check them out, but I don't think they're the best duo.

Best hip-hop duo ever. I wonder why they aren't in the top 10 list.

This should be number 3 after NWA and bone thugs.

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14G-Unit

They should be at the top of the list 50 cent lost his mum got shot 9 times been jail came up from the bottom then sold 13 million records the 10 the next g unit is an amazing rap group everyone knows every person that's in the group and everyone sold records in the group and stronger enough to be solo artist I'm very offended there not in the top 5 you got groups above g unit that ain't sold records nowhere near g unit
g unit sold 20 million records with there album beg to mercy before that and still had the mixtape game on lock had there own trainers and they became a brand people still talk about g unit today g unit was my generations nwa

50 cent, lloyd banks, ton yayo, mobb deep, young buck all in 1 song! AWESOME

Love 50 Cent, Lloyd Bank, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Kidd Kidd... Nice to see G-Unit BACK!

G Unit should be lower on the list

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15Mobb Deep

Love early mobb deep. Of course the infamous is a classic and a top 20 hip-hop album but hell on earth was a classic to and muda muzik is very good itself. - ChrisHenry

The Pinnacle of East Coast Rap. Untouchable. Immortal. Powerful. 1990's ERA!

That was real rap from the 90's. This sort of rap will never die. Listen to Shook ones and there will be no doubt!

Mobb is easily the top rap group of all time with no real close second.

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16Fort Minor

You can just sit and listen to their album for hours, I wish they would make another one so I could listen to them a little bit longer

Its too bad they only have one album, but I think if they just released more they would become one of the best rap groups out there. 100% Reason To Remember The Name.

Mike Shinoda kills this album. One of few albums where I could enjoy ALL the songs!

You clowns do realize Fort Minor is just Shinoda?

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17The Fugees

The Fugees aren't my favourite rap group but I voted for them anyway since I can't take it that they're so far down, should be 5-8 - KapiteinKaas

THIS LOW!? Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras pretty much redefined this genre!

One of the greatest hiphop groups ever. Lauryn hill is one of the best female mc to ever bless the mic plus wyckef has amazing production. Better then gunot!

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18Cypress Hill

G-Unit shouldn't be near the top ten, and DMC is only on here because of popularity/respect. Cypress Hill has all the skill these rappers don't posess. I say give this band at LEAST #7 position.

They have skill on the mic and on the turn tables, they keep to what they know and are great at it.

Cypress the best and much more creative alongside with Fort Minor )

They had live crazy sound, b-real voice is incredible.

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19Hieroglyphics

Hiero should be number 3 on this list after D12 and Wu-tang just listen to their songs it�'s great.
Casual, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Domino, Pep Love, A-Plus, Opio, Tajai, Phesto, DJ Toure, Snupe, Mike G, Jay-Biz. Most of them are unknown but still the third best rap group ever in my opinion.

20Slaughterhouse

Are you kidding me. Slaughterhouse is lyrics, lyrics, and more lyrics. They are probably the best lyrical rap group ever. However, don't blame me if you get too hooked to them as I did. Once you start listening to them, there is no way out.

I'm feeling like they should be top five dead or alive and that's just off two LP's.

What? I truly think they ARE the best rap group ever. I bought welcome to our house & was blown away! And when Em is featured on a song its even sicker. Any member of slaughterhouse is lyrically better than Lil Wayne & YMCMB. Shady all the way! This is real rap!

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